Residential blocks out of scale with surrounding area

The redevelopment of a car park in Hertfordshire with 38 apartments would lead to an overly dominant scheme which was out of character with the locality, an inspector decided.

The apartments would be accommodated in four blocks and the design attempted to overcome a previously unsuccessful appeal for a 75 bedroom residential care home. Despite the appellant’s claim that the overall bulk of the development had been broken up by the provision of greater landscaping and the construction of four blocks, their overall footprint, scale and mass would result in large additions to the street scene. A degree of incongruity would also result and it would also lead to the loss of a significant area of green space which made a positive contribution to the street scene.

Inspector: Cullum Parker; Written representations

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